Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Martin Sheen and the Governator

Not related, but both subjects of posts today at Secondhand Smoke by Wesley Smith.

Sheen has taped a radio ad opposing Washington State's I-1000 which would legalize Kervorkianism in that state. Neighbor, Oregon already has and several attempts have been made to legalize assisted suicide in California.

The post include's Sheen's reason for opposing assisted suicide:

"I try to work when I'm not on the screen to help improve conditions for the most vulnerable people in our country--low wage workers, immigrants, the disabled and the poor," Sheen said. "We have a health care system where the more money you have, the better medical care you receive. Initiative 1000 is a dangerous idea--because so many people do not have the money necessary to get the care they need. When I heard about Initiative 1000, I wanted to help stop it before it harms people who are at risk."

Secondhand Smoke is a critical resource for following the progress and debate around all forms of stem cell research. A post today looks at how far "in the tank" Arnold is with the leaders of the abysmally run and expensive California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). This week he vetoed a bi-partisan proposal that, among other things, would have made it easier for CIRM to explore non-embryo-destructive stem cell research.

CIRM was designed to emphasize and fund embryo-destructive research (ESCR) because such research was disallowed at the federal level. Now that new technologies have made ESCR yesterday's news, even supporters of the original bill want the flexibility of funding alternative research. But Arnold just wants destruction.

The juxtaposition of the two articles recalls my wonder - What is it about the ocean, mountains and beautiful scenery that turn the mind to death?